Goodbye TotalTerminal, hello iTerm2!

After using TotalTerminal for years, I eventually had to give it up, because it no longer works in MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) due to the System Integrity Protection. I’ve wanted to try out iTerm2 for a while now, this just gave me the final kick to actually do it!

Setup the Visor

What I really liked about TotalTerminal was the hotkey, which fires up the visor. In order to set that up in iTerm, goto iTerm2 > Preferences… > Keys and check Show/hide iTerm2 with a sytem-wide hotkey. [Source]

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 23.37.30

Now we have to prevent iTerm to open a window on startup, because it blocks the visor when using the hotkey. [Source]

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 23.43.53

Make it pretty & even more powerful

I really don’t like staring at a white terminal with black outputs all the time. After a bit of research & a bit of back and forth I decided to install Pretzo. The GitHub readme of Prezto describes itself as

… the configuration framework for Zsh; it enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.

After setting Prezo up, I went through the very well written instructions from Mike Buss and customized the hell out of the terminal. And this is how it ended up look like:

A more review will follow.

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